I’ve spent years, dreaming of fall, while living in Texas, where most days are over 85 degrees in October. I’ve sweated it out in long-sleeves and scarves in the Texas heat, because darn it, I’m going to dress seasonally appropriately, even if global warming is making it feel like I live in an oven while I sip my pumpkin spice latte. But last week, we spend some magical time in New Hampshire, and suddenly, all of those fall episodes of Gilmore Girls made a little more sense. 

We spent a glorious day driving through the White Mountains, chasing the best apple cider, pancakes, and getting lost down roads of stunning fall foliage. If you’re headed to New Hampshire in the fall, here are some places that you shouldn’t miss. 

-Bear Notch/Crawford Notch

If fall foliage is your priority, these two places should be on your ‘can’t be missed’ list. 

-Flume Gorge 

This is a two-mile nature walk, which would normally deter me since hiking isn’t really my thing. But you go through a stunning covered bridge, and through fantastic scenery along the gorge itself. 

-lunch at Polly’s Pancake Parlor

I’m not saying that these are the best pancakes I’ve ever had, but they were pretty darn close. You can take some of the mix home with you as well. 

-Route 302

This is the ultimate road for getting lost on and enjoying the stunning scenery.

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